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Cannabis health products are everywhere – but do they live up to the hype?

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Posted 17 October 2018

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is now available in the UK in everything from skin creams to beers. But don’t set your hopes too high

Amy Fleming Mon 15 Oct 2018 The Guardian

This has been the year medical cannabis hit the mainstream. The government has announced that it is relaxing laws on when cannabis medicines can be prescribed by doctors, following high-profile cases such as that of Billy Caldwell, the 13-year-old boy hospitalised by his epileptic seizures after he was denied legal access to the cannabis oil that helps control them. Meanwhile a new generation of cannabis medicines has shown great promise (both anecdotally and in early clinical trials) in treating a range of ills from anxiety, psychosis and epilepsy to pain, inflammation and acne. And you don’t have to get stoned to reap the health benefits.

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Medicinal cannabis products: Patient information

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Posted 30 May 2018

The Australian TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) has published the following patient information guide.

In South Africa, an application in terms of s22A(9) is needed for exceptional access to THC-containing preparations for research or treatment, and a s21 application needed for access to unregistered THC (S6 when intended for therapeutic purposes) or CBD (S4 when intended for therapeutic purposes) preparations. 

Medicinal cannabis products: Patient information

29 May 2018               

Over the past few years there has been increased interest from Australians in the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. Commonwealth, state and territory governments have used existing laws or passed specific laws to allow the prescribing and dispensing of medicinal cannabis products, as well as cannabis cultivation and manufacture for medicinal purposes.

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FDA Pursues Unproven Cancer Claims

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Posted 21 December 2017

December 19, 2017

FDA Pursues Unproven Cancer Claims

Rebecca Voelker, MSJ

JAMA.  2017;318(23):2288. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.19150

Four companies have received FDA warning letters for selling products online that agency officials said made unproven anticancer claims and contained a component of the marijuana plant.

The products reportedly contained cannabidiol (CBD), which isn’t FDA approved for any indication. Such products are marketed in a variety of forms including oil drops, capsules, syrup, tea, and topical lotion or cream. Selling unapproved products with unsubstantiated therapeutic claims violates the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and could harm patients, according to FDA officials.

Claims made on web pages, online stores, and social media touted the products’ abilities to combat tumor and cancer cells, make cancer cells “commit suicide” without killing other cells, and inhibit cell division and growth in certain types of cancer. Some of the products also were marketed as alternative Read the rest

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A deadly plague of cannabis oil pedlars

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Posted o3 February 2017

An interesting perspective on cannabis oil, written by Igo Vegter, and published in the Daily Maverick.

Some extracts:

“Cannabis ought to be legal. It ought to be researched for its medicinal qualities. But people who sell homemade cures for cancer are dangerous, swindling desperate people into forgoing medical treatment in favour of unproven home remedies. The price, too often, is death.”

“Even highly intelligent people succumb to desperation when facing a dreaded diagnosis. It is not pleasant to hear that you have a disease without a certain cure, or that you have a 50% chance of dying in the next five years. When the prognosis is even worse, as it can be with certain types of cancer or with late diagnoses, it is hardly surprising that people lose faith in conventional medicine, or are prepared to try anything, however outlandish. When the odds are against
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